Homeopathy, like all forms of holistic medicine, focuses on improving the overall health and well-being of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms.
Some Causes of Ill Health
Health can be affected by a number of factors, physical and/or emotional; such as anxiety, stress, grief, poor nutrition, poor sanitation or accommodation, trauma, bereavement, external pathogens (anything from parasites to allergies to chemical poisons) .
Leeches, Coffee and Onions?
Homeopathic concepts have existed for thousands of years (starting with Hippocrates – from whom modern doctors take their healing oath) but it was the brilliant polymath, Dr Samuel Hahnemann (doctor, botanist, chemist, linguist), who in the 18th Century first made these concepts into a comprehensive system of healing principles and practices. So when a person complains of such symptoms, the homeopath may give them coffee in the form of a homeopathic remedy, which may enable them to calm down and sleep naturally. Similarly, cutting up onions can cause tears, sore eyes and a runny nose – which many hay fever sufferers may recognise! The remedy Allium cepa (the homepathic derivative of the common onion) may help people experiencing the symptoms of hay fever if their symptoms match. Homeopathy is a natural medical system that uses safe medicines that have no toxic side-effects. Homeopathic medicines are made from natural substances that may help to stimulate the person’s own self-healing capacity. At that time Hahnemann was disillusioned with what he considered to be the barbaric practice of medicine; with doctors using blood-letting, leeches and great quantities of toxic drugs with their dreadful side effects – usually death! The system he devised and developed (during extensive trials and research with other doctors and thousands of cured patients) was a safe, gentle and effective method of healing. One of the main principles of this system of medicine is the law of similars. This describes how a substance can cure the same symptoms that it can cause. Take coffee for example. When taken in large doses by healthy people, it can cause sleeplessness, trembling and mental hyperactivity.
There have been two great revelations in my life. The first was bebop, the second was homeopathy.Dizzy Gillespie
Homeopathy in Blackheath
Nicola Redmond provides homeopathy in Blackheath, and also serves the local community in South East London (including Greenwich, Charlton, Lewisham, Deptford, Maze Hill, Westcombe Park, Plumstead, Dartford). Nicola is at Blackheath Complementary Health Centre on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Will health insurance companies cover the cost of homeopathic treatment?
Nicola Redmond is a registered member of the Alliance of Registered Homeopaths.
Homeopaths who are registered with Alliance of Registered Homeopaths (ARH) are recognised by the a number of health insurance companies. This means that if you have a policy with any of them, you may be entitled to have the full or partial cost of your treatment by Nicola reimbursed. Please visit the Alliance of Registered Homeopath’s website for an up to date list of health insurance companies participating:
What happens in a homeopathic consultation?
In order to determine the correct prescription for you as an individual, the initial consultation will involve confidential discussion about your medical history; about you as a person: including energy levels, lifestyle, diet, etc. You will have the opportunity to talk – if you wish – not only about your physical complaints but about what you like and dislike, what makes you sad, angry, scared, etc. Homeopathy sees disease as a body-mind process, so your personality traits are just as important as your physical symptoms. The more your homeopath is able to understand you, the easier it will be to select the remedy/ies you may need.
After analysis, a suitable prescription will be given to you, either in tablet or liquid form and should be taken in accordance with any instructions you may be given.
The duration of treatment depends very much on the ailment and how long you have had it, as well as your response to the prescription/s.
What happens after the remedies have been taken?
After taking your remedy/ies you may notice some changes.
One way of explaining in a simple way how homeopathy works is that when you have persistant symptoms (ill health, dis-ease) it may be because the body’s natural ability to heal itself is blocked (by inherited immune weaknesses, suppressed emotional expression…) Homepathic medicine works by resonating with the symptoms and energizing the body to cure itself by recognising it’s own symptoms in the symptoms that the remedy produces in a heatlhy person.
Some patients experience well-being, optimism and a change in energy levels. Occasionally your symptoms may appear to get worse for a short time. This can sometimes manifest as a form of rash, discharge or flu-like symptoms.
This is a good sign that the prescription is taking effect and that your body is detoxifying. These symptoms will pass. They can be a very important part of the healing process and therefore advisable to consult your homeopath – before self-treating with other medicines – who may further prescribe or give helpful adjunctive advice.
What are flower essences?
Radio wave-like frequencies
Flower Essences were first used 5000 years ago by the Egyptians. When an essence is ingested or absorbed through the skin, it is initially assimilated into the bloodstream. Then it settles midway between the circulatory and nervous systems. The quartz-like crystalline silica structures in the physical body (such as those in the bloodstream, the hair and nails etc) amplify and transmit the healing energies of the flower essences to their appropriate sites of action, and at the correct frequencies. This process is similar to the way radio waves strike a crystal in a radio so that the crystal resonates with the high frequencies, absorbing them and transforming them into audio frequencies which can be heard by the human ear.
Bach Flower Essences
Developed in the UK by Dr Edward Bach, a Welsh physician practicing medicine in the early 1900’s, Bach Flowers have been used over many decades by both the public (self-prescribing) and by natural health practitioners.
Trained in conventional allopathic medicine, Dr. Bach observed that his patients’ recovery seemed to have as much to do with their emotional health as it did with any physical condition. Those in a positive emotional state recovered quicker. Dr. Bach’s area of expertise was bacteriology, but as he became more intrigued with the emotions of his patients, he started to study the work of Hahnemann which emphasized treating the “whole” patient including their emotions and mental state, rather than focusing exclusively on physical symptoms. As a result of his research, Dr. Bach developed homeopathic remedies to treat intestinal disease. In 1930 Dr. Bach left an extremely lucrative private practice in London and and began to develop his 38 flower essences.
Bush Flower Essences
These essences were developed by a 3rd generation Australian herbalist, homeopath and naturopath, Ian White, who believes them to be one of the major systems of healing, and states that “The power of the bush essences and the results they constantly produce are astounding. They act as catalysts to help resolve a vast range of negative emotional states… Most physical illness is the end result of emotional imbalance.”
- On average the first consultation will be between 60-90 minutes £70
- Subsequent follow ups are usually between 45-60 minutes £50
- Homeopathic consultations include: case history; analysis (ongoing research if needed); support between appointments where necessary (which may be chargeable as “acute” consultations at £15 for 15 minute appointments).
- A child’s / teenager’s first consultation is usually 60 minutes and is charged at £60
- Subsequent follow up consultations are between 30-45 minutes and charged at £40
- Homeopathic consultations include: case history; analysis (ongoing research if needed); support between appointments where necessary (which may be chargeable as an acute appointment at £15 per 15 minute appointment).